Built Environment Analysis: Atlantic Station

Screenshot of Google Maps with Atlantic Station pin dropped The built environment of Atlantic Station promotes diversity of socioeconomic class, race, age differences among its visitors by providing a variety of stores and restaurants that a wide range of people are able to enjoy.   Atlantic Station was not always the aesthetically appealing outlet mall we know today. Before is become a stomping grounds for people of all races, backgrounds, and ages, it was the site of the Atlantic Steel Company. Originally established as the Atlanta Hoop Company, “the mill specialized in the manufacture of “wagon wheels and cotton bales.”   By the 1950’s, business soared with “more than 2,300 people employed at the mill, manufacturing 750,000 tons of steel products a year.” In the late 1970’s, the mill was bought by a Canadian steel manufacturer, Ivaco Inc. and Atlantic Steel was forced to cut back operations as the foreign competition in the steel industry increased in the 1980’s. in 1998, operations completely ceased. Picture of a MARTA train car (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b8/Lindbergh_Station.jpg) Atlantic Station provides shuttles to and from the Arts Center MARTA train station for visitors who use public transportation. Visitors can also utilize MARTA bus stations and the cab stand that are conveniently located in and around the shopping center. In my opinion, Atlantic Station makes it a point to ensure that it accessible to people from all socioeconomic classes. The MARTA buses operate on the weekdays from 4:45a.m. to 1:00 am and on the weekends from 6a.m. to 1a.m. the MARTA trains operate everyday with frequencies of about 20 minutes between each train.          ...

Built Environment Description

This picture was taken on a cool Saturday evening, I was sitting underneath a heat lamp by the California Pizza Kitchen. I sat there for over an hour and notice that some of the people were the same people going past me. So I decided to take pictures of the people and the surroundings. This group was one of the many people that I captured with my...

Built Environment Description

  The site I went to observe was Atlantic Station, and it was a nice day outside. Besides the fact that I was hungry, the area was very breathtaking. Before I sat down to observe, I looked around to see how well the environment was constructed.  The “station” is filled with many retail stores, food restaurants, and a cinema. The design I would say is very neutral and wheelchair accessible. Atlantic Station is located in Midtown Atlanta, which is only a 10-15 minutes train ride away from Georgia State University. Where I decided to observe was on a bench right by the California Pizza Kitchen and right across from me was a Cheesecake Bistro. The wind was blowing, but luckily I was sitting underneath a heating lamp which kept me warm. Atlantic Station was opened in 2005, but was originally planned in the 1990s. The area I believe is very economic and smart for walking or anyone with a wheelchair. The land is very flat and there are stairs but also there are elevators located near the stairs. I believe this is great for people who may have a disability, but want to shop as well. There are also maps to help navigate where you are located and how to get to what store you desire. The buildings are all brown, I believe that this is to keep things neutral and not to offend anyone with color. Many stores are gender inclusive, meaning that men and women can share the same changing rooms. The site is used to bring in consumers and people who can afford to shop at those stores. Atlantic Station...
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